A one-bowl wonder that tastes waaay better than boxed brownies. You’ll never reach for another boxed brownie mix again with these homemade box brownies!
Better than Boxed Brownies
My name is Sarah and I am a brownie addict. Brownies are my favorite dessert. Possibly my favorite food. As some of you know, we pretty much always have at least one batch of brownies to munch on in the house. So creating a new brownie recipe is a big deal for me, because if I don’t come up with something next to perfect, I get frustrated. In fact, I threw out an entire batch of brownies yesterday because they just didn’t measure up. And I’m not even mad about it.
Now I know that may make me sound like a brownie snob, but I’m not…in fact, I love a boxed brownie mix. While a homemade brownies is obviously delicious, there is something quintessentially delicious about a boxed mix and that fudgy, crackly top texture can be hard to get just right in a homemade brownie.
That is until these homemade boxed brownies that taste exactly like your tried and true boxed brownie mix!
Lucky for you all, I finally came up with a recipe that passed the test. They’re soft, fudgy, moist and they just melt in your mouth. In fact, I think I baked them 2 minutes too long, so when you make them be sure to take them out a few minutes early and you’ll have the most magnificent fudgy brownies.
Why are these brownies better than boxed brownies?
Well, many reasons. I could go on for *hours* about how freaking delicious these homemade boxed brownies are, but they’re truly the best for a few reason:
They take 10 minutes or less to go from nothing to a pan full of brownie batter in the oven
They don’t come from a box AKA you can make them with ingredients you have on hand without any funky fillers or ingredients.
They are a one bowl wonder, meaning you only need one bowl for the entire recipe
They taste as good if not better than any boxed brownie mix out there
Is anyone else as crazy about brownies as I am? Or if brownies aren’t quite your thing (gasp), what dessert is your I-must-have-it-and-it’s-my-favorite-beyond-favorite?
I asked Alex that question and he said, “skittles.”
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Remove from microwave, stir in sugar, and melt both for 30 seconds. Stir again and melt for 60 seconds more. You want the sugar and butter to bubble up slightly, but not burn. This amount of time should do the trick.
Remove mixture from microwave and stir in bittersweet chocolate. This should melt the chocolate completely. If it doesn’t, put it in the microwave for another 15 seconds. Whisk in all other ingredients except chocolate chips. Gently fold in the chocolate baking chips if using!
Pour batter into a parchment lined 8″x8″ pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and cutting into 9 large squares.
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Can i use salted butter instead of unsalted , because i don’t have unsalted one ? By the i just LOVE your recipes 😍
Hi! Yes you can absolutely use salted butter–just decrease the added salt in the recipe by 1/4 teaspoon! Thank you for your kind words!
I only have natural cocoa on hand (Hershey’s). Can I substitute that for the dutch process? Will changing require other ingredients?
Hi Sana! Yes, you can use natural cocoa! The flavor will be slightly less chocolatey and smooth, but it still will be delicious!
Sarah, Meg and I adore you, your magical Instagram that makes us all drool and your amazing blog! We’ve watched you forever, taken your courses/school and so appreciate how you include us gluten free-ers🙏♥️. For Valentines. I wanted to honor you and your love of brownies! I made these Better than Boxed Brownies recipe gluten free for our blog and to share you with our community. I used primarily hazelnut meal for the flour and toasted hazelnuts… YUM! I think a little Nutella could have been pretty good to drizzle over too! My husband loved how chocolaty and moist they were! Thank you for all. your incredible inspiration and the magic you share with us all! Love, Momma Pegs PS 23 minutes for gooeyness👍🏼… The flavor and texture were delish! Thank you!
Hi Peggy! That is so sweet of you! So happy you enjoy our recipes 🙂
If I wanted to make bite sized servings and bake the batter in a mini muffin tin, how should I adjust the oven temp and time? Thanks!
You can keep the oven the same temp, but I think it will take more like 15 minutes to bake!
I LOVE these! I’ve made them about 3-5 times now and they are amazing! My fam loves them as well 🙂 thank you!!